A drawing show by ten faculty members of various institution came together recently with drawings in their very own style and concept. It was a melting pot of ideas that underlined what these artists wished to impart to their students. The exhibition was held at ArtChowk Gallery in Karachi.
For the artist Abdul Malik Channa, his work is a tribute to the art lovers, admirers and supporters of art who throng to the galleries and praise their work. His graphite on canvas portrait shows art patrons admiring a portrait. His work is a reflection of mesmerizing expressions of the viewers.
Ayesha Naveed’s artwork emulates her trepidations of those in her immediate space, extended environment and in her life. The current images stem from her interest, concern and confusion on the state of affairs of the country. The pre-election period triggered a number of questions pertaining to existing issues prevalent in and of the society, its inhabitants and most importantly the country as a whole. Through her work, she has shown individuals shaping and creating history thus leading to defining moments in time. Her work acknowledges changing systems and structures in hope of a better future. The usage and play of material is another important facet of her work where she shows tactile surfaces behaving and reacting with one another to give meaning to her work.
For Danish Ahmed nature seemed to be receding from being a vital part of the life, or perhaps forced into confinement in order to be replaced by the material world man has created for his own consumption. He turns to charcoal after many years to employ the flexibility and versatility of the medium. Moving away from his conventional and linear approach to drawing he smudges, erases, masks and smears in order to construct the desired forms.
Khalid Soomro’s art practice is based on creating dialogues between his work and society with which he communicates. Therefore ‘Art is a Dialogue’ is a phrase that always revolves in his mind. In this series of his drawings under_line, he has re-constructed the historical sculptures and images, which depict current time and conditions. Through his work, he has re-investigated the meaning of beliefs, and in addition to generate a dialogue between past and present.
For Munawar Ali Syed, his drawing process is therapy and meditation. These drawings are his response to how our original self collides with the nature of relationship with contemporary education in this urban materialistic life. It examines the ever growing tension between urban and natural environment under which life always finds its ways to exist. He explores two extreme poles of existence; the shimmery materialistic life that seduces and the body and soul that demands to be in united with nature.
Raheela Abro focuses on round objects that have been taken as the core of these drawings because the roundness hides the initiating and culminating points which metaphorically signify the life cycle.
Shazia Qureshi records her feelings and emotions about her surroundings through lines, marks, tone, texture and spaces which reflect illusion of life. Drawing needs a control for dealing with both, medium and expression, and provides opportunity for self-exploration. She is fascinated with fluid mediums such as water colours, tea wash and inks. For her they actively portray life as they defy the control required in the drawing process, exactly like life defies all norms and presets.
Sheema Khan’s drawings are the core method of researching, investigating, developing and communicating ideas. In recent body of works, she mainly focuses on observational drawing by simply looking at the subject and drawing it representing 3d object in 2d surface. S.M. Raza’s work reflects upon moments that make the world go slow in a way which affects the soul and mind of a person. He shows a man’s face drawn in charcoal and acrylic on paper with expressions of treasured moments that lasts forever.
The semiotics of Yasmeen Salman’s work has always been informed by her environment, experiences, relationships, memories and reflections. Fragments of nostalgia, desire, distress, disappointment, euphoria, realization, awakening and self-actualization are woven together to unfold a personal narration. The aesthetics of the iconography is eclectic and personal, almost like a hybrid language – her language. Her present work has evolved over the last few years - layers of experiences, reflections and realizations, enriching the surface, giving it the patina of intimacy and age. She has taken previous works and reworked the context and imagery, imbuing it with current concerns and query, and evaluating and reflecting on past beliefs and philosophy.